Susan Sews a Light as a Feather 1980s Lutterloh Blouse

Lutterloh whiteblouse 1980 157 21 frinishedSummer is upon us,and that means wear as little clothing as possible. I have had this lovely crocheted lace in my stash for years. I have made a blouse entirely out of the lace. I still have it, but it is 100% see-through. I have also had this dotted  cotton just as long. What  lovely combination they make. And light as air. I mean this pretty blouse just floats off my shoulders. I feel as it I am wearing nothing!

Oh and the skirt, I do not wear skirts often. Yesterday I kept feeling my petite derriere to check and see that it was covered. Walking around in a skirt, I felt as if I were wearing a backless skirt. And I was still hot! More short skirts are on my sewing menu. This blouse is also contribution to  my friend’s blog. Fonnell and Ann  are having  a Vintage Sewcial. No contest, just some fun. If you want to see what they are doing please visit their blog Come Sew Lutterloh With Me.

Their blog has a wealth of info about Lutterloh patterns. And this blouse may   be my entry into the Pattern Review Vintage Pattern contest. I really do not like it that 1980 is considered vintage.

Here is the pattern photo.Lutterloh Summer 1980 blouse It is 1980 pattern. Western wear and the Urban Cowboy look  was in full swing. Instead of adding lace to the edge of the yoke and sleeves, I made them  totally in lace. No cowgirl boots. No Annie Oakley holsters, just a little lace.

And here is a  photo of  the blouse under construction showing off both fabrics and my nice matching of the yoke. An no thanks to Suz, my guardian angel with the messy hair and dented halo. She was flitting about like Tinkerbell, wrapped in the fabric.  When I tried to grab her halo, she dropped the lace and disappeared. Do you know how slippery lace is when you step on it on a tile floor?  Well, I do know, and it is Not Funny when you are slipping and you grab your rolling  cutting table for support, and the leaf falls and everything including your magnetic pin holder goes crashing to the floor. Lutterloh white blouse 157 21 yoke

Just like a three- year old, Suz loves to play dress up, but CLEAN -UP is not in her angelic vocabulary. I also think that she is the Trickster that moves all of my scissors to the opposite side of the sewing room. Makes crucial pattern pieces disappear, and misplaces my other tools. It simply cannot be age or eyesight.

Like all Lutterloh patterns, the pieces fit together and it went together well. I like the gathered sleeve, it is roomy and great for airflow. But being an 80s style, there is a lot of room in the body  of this blouse. So much room that I made two waist fitting darts in the back.

In the next two photos I have teamed my new blouse with my white skirt  that I made for the skirt contest. I was not real happy with the fit. It was too big. So I carefully ripped out all of my top stitching, removed the waistband and because I had to taper and raise the waistline my cute little coin pocket had to go. The turquoise tank top is also a Lutterloh pattern that I made a couple of years ago. I have no idea why I have not worn it. I do wish that I had checked for proper tucking in of the top!

Lutterloh white blouse 157 21 cafe 3Lutterloh white blouse 157 21 full lengthThe photo on the left was  when I was freshly showered, groomed and caffeinated. The one on the right  was taken later in the evening. The wall art behind me in the right hand photo is a crab emerging from a camera lens. But there are Picasso like faces blended together. It was hot, I did not want to keep My Beloved standing in the heat too long . so no sweeping view of the mural. But we are going to a party at the bar. My friend Lei Tam, and Inez and Hector, owners of Karuna Rea House, and the as yet unknown-to-me owner of Bueno Bar are having a joint party of fine Asian food, excellent teas, and some alcoholic brew!

And because I like this look a lot, here are a few more photos. Suz is trying to tell me that I am behaving badly and showing off. She should talk.

Lutterloh white blouse Summer 1980 supp 157 21 complete 2Lutterloh white blouse 157 21 cafe 1Yes, I know that my buttons are nto evenly spaced. That is a design decision that I made for two reasons:

  1. I always put an extra button dead center between the girls.
  2.  I only had enough buttons decade appropriate buttons  that I liked to do it this way.




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  • Sheryl

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    very nice!

  • Barbara

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    Looking for love in all the wrong places, but finding sewing in all the right places! And lacy at that! Superb.

  • Ann

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    Lovely background for the pic. You should wear that tank more, the color looks great on you. Light as a feather sounds delightful to wear.

  • Michele

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    SO pretty….it looks as ethereal as you say it feels! 🙂 Very nice work.

  • Shirley

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    I really love the blouse, great idea to use up the old lace & provide some air without revealing the shoulder. Nice idea.

  • Tess

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    White is just so cool in the wear it well.

  • Annette Wright

    Reply Reply July 7, 2016

    Super cute. I too kind of feel “nekkid” in a skirt. Your blouse is quite pretty.

  • Anne

    Reply Reply July 8, 2016

    A lovely blouse – white, lace and dotty cotton great together.
    I still haven’t tried Lutterloh (I have the kit). I’ll look at the site you linked to. I have to confess my fear is that I’ll still have to do all those alterations for length, not just skirt or trouser length but also crotch length and depth, shoulder to bust, bust to waist etc – basically everything needs lengthened.
    Yes, 1981 and earlier vintage! I wasn’t sewing then but have a bunch of old patterns I’m interested in. I have an Ann Ladbury book of patterns but unfortunately it’s dated 1982! So no use. I picked it up and inside are a few magazine patterns but no dates. So I won’t be entering the vintage PR contest. Good luck with your entry.

  • Anne

    Reply Reply July 8, 2016

    I wasn’t able to link to the Come Sew Lutterloh With Me site – said sewinghummingbird not available. Can you help? Thanks

  • delia

    Reply Reply July 9, 2016

    I love it!! the heat and humidity here are sapping my strength. that blouse looks so light and airy that I just may go out and find some fabric similar to it. after, that is, I finish Stacie’s curtain, complete the necklaces I’m giving for xmas gifts, and reweave one of my favorite barn sweaters.
    Salem and I are getting fit together!
    I enjoy your sewing blogs, keep them coming.

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